October 9 - December 4, 2022
opening Sunday October 9, 16.00 hrs
The work of Sigrid Calon navigates between autonomous and applied art. As an artist she has set her own goalposts somewhere between design, graphic design and autonomous art. Characteristic for Calon are intuition, ratio and playfulness. She is searching for wonder and gets inspiration out of the everyday things that surround her. Her work appears fresh, new and modernistic.
Sigrid Calon was born in Den Bosch, raised in Eindhoven and lives and works in Tilburg, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In search of the quality and control of an autonomous image, she developed a unique point of view and personal signature in the following years.
Calon feels connected to the original aesthetics of Dutch Design: minimalistic, experimental, innovative, unconventional and with a sense of humour. Getting acquainted with the work of Mondriaan during her school years, too, has been of great influence in her way of working.
As an autonomous artist she follows her curious mind, experimenting with materials and printing techniques while exploring the DNA of her own visual language. A milestone of this journey was her fateful encounter with the Risograph. Legend has it that from the very first moment, she couldn’t get her hands off this machine.
Her first book 'To the Extend of / \ | & –' made with the Risograph in 2012 constisted of 120 'compositions’, in which she was seeking a balance between colour, shape and clarity. Calon is looking for the essence and is developing an own and recognisable style, a visual language, in which she plays with shape and colour within the grid or framework. In this way, she investigates the possibilities of ‘intuitive communication’.
Although the book is an autonomous work, Calon has seen it as a research project. An exploration into a new visual realm expressing the world through her own eyes. In recent years she has been able to investigate whether to use this visual language in other ways, on different scales, on different materials, in different media.
This year (2022) Calon had a 3 month residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre in Oisterwijk in the Netherlands to experiment with ceramics and right after that to Japan for a Arita residency to work with porcelain. Galerie VIVID is proud to present the surprising results of this intensive journey.
Textiellab Textielmuseum in Tilburg (NL)
Creative Residency Arita, Japan
EKWC Oisterwijk (NL)